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plan to be on the move for a day of action. plus we're watching strong storms moving through the region right now. just how much rain we can expect to get and the threat of snow tonight. good morning. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today." it is december 7th, 2011, wednesday. we're taking a live look outside. 61 degrees at 5:01. you can tell it has been a wet morning. 61 degrees now, but temperatures are going to drop like a rock. i'm quoting you. >> yes. and that will happen, especially tonight, and by this time tomorrow morning, we'll be below freezing. it's a one-two punch type of storm. the first punch is rain with flooding perhaps later this afternoon. the second punch, that is snow later tonight. right now, though, we're dealing with rain. look at the radar. all that area of yellow, that is moderate to heavy rain. it's just about to move right into washington right now, raining moderately to heavy, prince george's county and right
down interstate 95 through fairfax, prince william, stafford and spotsylvania, all the way down to charlottesville and richmond. that is a long area of moderate to heavy rain. there's lgs another batch of moderate to heavy rain and parts of the northern panhandle of west virginia. the temperatures are mild from the blue ridge to the bay and the eastern shore. it's around 60. blue ridge west, low to mid-50s now. these counties in green under a flood watch, includes shenandoah valley and parts of west virginia as well as the nearby suburbs in washington, northern virginia, and in maryland. all those areas could get up to two inches of rain that may cause creeks and streams to come out of their banks. also, the winter weather advisory, all these counties in lavender, including montgomery county, loudoun, northern fauquier, points west and north. that area could get one to three inches of snow overnight. temperatures throughout the day will slowly drop down into the 40s later this afternoon with occasional rain and changing to snow tonight. a look at your evening planner. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning.
traveling in montgomery county, tricky, tricky situation. first problem, dale drive is closed at georgia avenue and also closed at colesville road. this is due to a downed tree that also brought down some wires. excuse me. fire activity shuts down eastbound university boulevard. this is at lorraine avenue. use caution in that area. if you're taking the beltway in montgomery county, making your way towards connecticut avenue. that accident still taking up the right side of the roadway. you've got to stick to the left. i almost hit it coming in. very dangerous. you have a car horizontally. you are seeing delays as you make your way towards that accident. i'm back in ten minutes. joe and eun, back to you. new from overnight, firefighters are investigating a house fire in montgomery county. it happened on hope place in takoma park. firefighters say the home was cluttered, which made it difficult for them to put out the flames. rescuers say one man was injured. officials have not released his condition this morning. today occupy protesters from as far away as chicago,
illinois, will be here in d.c. for the national day of action. demonstrators plan to hold at least three separate rallies around the city, and that could cause some major traffic problems. tracee wilkins is live in northwest washington with more on today's events. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. it is a rainy morning and planning to be a congested morning when the folks here at the occupy d.c. camp decide to get on the move and move around here in downtown washington. officials here are suggesting that you plan -- here is the schedule for the locations that they're supposed to visit. occupy d.c. protesters and occupy chicago protesters will meet at mcpherson square at 10:30 a.m. then march to an undisclosed lobbying firm on "k" street for a demonstration. then it's back to mcpherson square for a party they say will mirror the kind of parties politicians and lobbyists have together. at 5:00 p.m., they'll march to the white house and then on to the supreme court for demonstrations this evening. last month organize d.c. planned
a march across the key bridge that was expected to cause a traffic nightmare but did not. the peaceful demonstration included hundreds marching during rush hour, and it had little to no traffic impact. but last sunday a demonstration at mcpherson square resulted in 31 people being arrested after occupiers built a wooden shed in the middle of the park. it was the most confrontational demonstration between police and d.c. occupiers to date. given what just happened last sunday, there's no telling what we can expect for today. what officials are suggesting we do is plan. if you are commuting this evening or this afternoon in any of these areas, know that there may be demonstrations that may go into the roadway and impact your commute. so plan for that and avoid the areas if you can. i'm tracee wilkins live this morning in northwest. eun, back to you in the studio. >> tracee, thank you. a high school girl from montgomery county is recovering after she was stabbed in the parking lot. police say she was stabbed
several times outside of northwood high school after she and five or six other girls got caught in a fight. they attended a basketball game between northwood and kennedy high school. police are not saying what the victim's condition is, but they do expect her to survive. they also say they're still searching for the suspect. virginia tech is appealing a government fine that reprimanded the school for its response to the mass shooting tragedy in 2007. the education department says virginia tech was too slow in notifying students, faculty, and staff about a gunman loose on the blacksburg campus. the 2007 shooting spree left 33 people dead. the government fined the school $55,000 for violating a federal law that requires timely warnings about safety threats. virginia tech says it acted appropriately. prosecutors have decided not to press any charges in the death of a george washington university student. patrick casey died back in september after a late night altercation at a mcdonald's restaurant on "m" street northwest.
the 33-year-old was an army veteran who had returned from afghanistan. "the washington post" reports that casey's death has been classified as a justifiable homicide by citizen. at first his parents said he was sucker purcnched while he was trying to break up a fight. but police say casey was involved in the fight and may have even started it. the judge has thrown out a key piece of evidence in the trial of the man accused of killing his boss at the suburban hospital in bethesda. police say keith little stabbed kenneth brockington jr. to death. police wanted to use a glove from the scene that had traces of little's dna on it, but a judge ruled the jurors could not use the judge as evidence because tests did not definitively trace the blood to little. republican presidential candidate mitt romney has turned down a debate moderated by donald trump. romney called trump personally and told him he just could not
make it happen. several prominent republicans have urnled candidates to skip the so-called trump debate later this month. they claim it will be a media circus and a distraction from important issues. trump was not happy about the statement. he said, "it would seem logical to me, if i was substantially behind in the polls, especially in iowa, south carolina, and florida, i would be participating in the debate, but i can also understand why governor romney decided not to do it." jon huntsman and ron paul also decided not to attend the debate. michele bachmann and rick perry have not announced their intentions. that leaves newt gingrich and rick santorum so far debating each other for now. republican presidential hopeful gingrich is widening the gap in the race for the white house. he now has a double digit lead in the latest poll out this morning. "the new york times"/cbs news poll has the lead at 28% followed by mitt romney at 18% and ron paul at 14%. but two-thirds of those polled said they could change their minds before the iowa caucuses
which take place on january the 3rd. and gingrich may be surging in the polls, but he may not make the republican primary ballot in ohio. the huge state of ohio, the washington times reports his campaign is struggling to file enough signatures to meet today's 4:00 p.m. deadline. gingrich already missed the filing deadline for missouri's primary ballot. it's now 5:09, 61 degrees. preparing for prison. what close friends of jack johnson are saying after he was
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stormcenter 4. at 5:11 this morning, we've got the patches of moderate to heavy rain coming out of the metro area in the south and west. that area of yellow and orange. moderate to heavy rain coming out of washington, prince george's county, into fairfax and points south and southwest. also north and west out in washington county, panhandle of west virginia, getting moderate to heavy rain there. it's a mild morning. we're in the 50s through most of the region. low 60s, southern maryland over towards fredericksburg and culpeper. all these counties in green under a flood watch. could get enough rain to cause creeks and streams to come out of their banks. this evening we could get enough snow. a winter weather advisory to cause accumulation on grassy areas just north and west of washington and higher amounts out on the higher ridges off to our west. occasional rain throughout the day today. temperatures slowly falling. we'll be back down into the 40s by later this afternoon. then the 30s this evening. rain changing over to sleet and snow by 8:00, 9:00 this evening. wet snow after that. all the way till 2:00 or 3:00 tomorrow morning. i'll show you the accumulation
totals i expect coming up in ten minutes. danella, good morning. how's traffic? we have a few problems. first let's talk about the beltway, already seeing delays because of the accident on the outer loop at connecticut avenue. you start to get jammed as you make your way towards this accident. it takes up the right side of the roadway. stick to the left to get by. dale road is closed at georgia avenue and also colesville road. have a downed tree and also downed wires on the roadway. if you're traveling eastbound university boulevard at lorain avenue. there was a fire at the safe way at 4:00 a.m. that right lane is blocked. here's the view right now. you can see the activity is just about here. just use caution as you're traveling in the area. if you're taking i-95, getting a little busy at fairfax county in virginia. no accidents on i-95 in virginia. joe and eun, back to you. >> be careful out there. thanks very much, danella. >> 5:13. 61 degrees. "a" he ahead on "news 4 today," who
within the next month, former prince george's county executive jack johnson is headed to prison for what prosecutors call w call one of the most notorious corruption cases in prince george's history. jack johnson was sentenced to seven years behind bars. we saw him use a cane for the first time yesterday. attorneys say the former prince george's county executive now has parkinson's disease and asked for leniency in his sentence. instead the federal judge went with recommendations of prosecutors. johnson apologized in court, but even close friends say what johnson did was inexcusable and
a setback for the county. >> the economic aspect of it, i think, limited development, scared away legitimate developers who were interested in coming and building and helping with growth in prince george's county. >> johnson's wife leslie will be sentenced on friday for her role in the corruption case. the former prince george's county council member pleaded guilty to destroying evidence. jack johnson had her flush a developer's $100,000 check and stuff nearly $80,000 in her underwear. we're learning of more people connected to jack johnson's corruption case. the head of prince george's county hospital system has to step down while prosecutors look into his involvement. this morning "the washington post" is reporting kenneth glover took a leave of absence as ceo of dimensions health care system. prosecutors say johnson tried to line up a consulting job connected to the hospital. in exchange, johnson would help an unnamed hospital official get promoted to a high ranking
management position at the hospital. this morning former illinois governor rob blagojevich will speak. this is an effort to get the judge to reduce his sentence after admitting yesterday he is guilty of all charges. blagojevich was convicted on 18 counts of corruption for trying to sell president obama's former senate seat. prosecutors are asking for 15 to 20 years in prison, which would be the harshest punishment for corruption in state history. jerry sandusky may face some of his users next week in a preliminary hearing after a lawyer for one of the alleged victim says his client and five other victims plan to testify. this comes after one of the alleged victims says he was abused by the former penn state football coach when he was 12. he also met sandusky through the second mile charity. sandusky is accused of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years. he denies the charges. the hearing is set for tuesday. penn state is trying to
revamp its image in the wake of the child abuse scandal. newly appointed president rodney erickson wants them to house a center for children to help victims of abuse. it will be partially funded with $2 million in college football bowl proceeds the school is slated to receive from the big ten conference. penn state typically funnels that bowl revenue back into the athletic department. the federal government could decide today whether to lift the age restriction on who can buy the morning after pill. the fda is considering a request from the drug's manufacturer to allow teens under the age of 17 to buy the birth control without a prescription. the drug maker says the move would lower the rate of abortion. conservative groups oppose the proposal. they say the drug should not be available without a doctor's permission or parental consent. women with breast cancer may want to rethink their treatment options. new research found women with partial radiation treatment were twice as likely to need the whole breast removed later because the cancer came back.
the shorter treatment uses radioactive pellets placed in the breast instead of radiation beamed from the machine. doctors still say more research is needed. there could be tense moments in today's metropolitan washington airport authority meeting. two new board members from virginia will attempt to be seated even though the board has vowed new members' votes. a recent law allowed the board to appoint new members, including tow from virginia. board members say the new law is unconstitutional because it forces the airport authority to overhaul its board without the approval from virginia and the district. the board says it will go along with the new law once virginia and d.c. amend the rules that govern the authority. today a senate homeland security subcommittee will examine whether the district is prepared for natural or manmade disasters. the hearing was prompted in part by the traffic gridlock that followed that 5.8 magnitude earthquake back in august. the quake damaged the national cathedral and the washington
monument. subcommittee members say they're concerned about coordination between federal and local emergency managers. it's 5:21 now. time for weather and traffic on the ones. we have big changes. a drop in the temperature. nasty weather too. >> all happening today. >> could get some flooding rain and snow tonight. right here all these areas of yellow and orange in washington, montgomery, prince george's, fairfax, charles county all getting moderate to heavy rain. that extends farther to the south down to fredericksburg to near charlottesville. another patch of moderate to heavy rain is in washington county down to allegheny county in maryland this morning. temperatures are mild. we're in the 50s much of the region except just near 60 in southern suburbs. southern maryland through western virginia. we have all these counties in green under a flood watch. that includes northern virginia, the district, nearby suburbs and counties in maryland as well as the shenandoah valley and out in the mountains. we do have a winter weather advisory as well now for howard county, montgomery county, loudoun, northern fauquier, points north and west, out into
the mountains. there could be heavier snow out farther to the west. sunrise 7:13. we'll have occasional rain this morning. hold steady near 60. 50s by noontime. 40s by late afternoon. watch out for high water. and then this evening we'll have the rain change quickly over to maybe some sleet and then some wet snow by 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 this evening around the metro area. a little earlier farther to our west. and that wet snow could pile up three to six inches way out west. far western maryland, the highlands of west virginia. could get one to three inches shenandoah valley, the blue ridge, loudoun and northern montgomery county. and then a dusting closer to washington and the nearby suburbs and fairfax county into prince william and southern fauquier. southern montgomery, northwest washington, northern prince george's county, maybe a dusting. again, that would be all on grassy areas not on the roadways, which is good news.
then cold, dry weather moves in after that with a blustery wind tomorrow. sunshine sunny and cold, friday all the way into the first part of next week. danella, how's traffic? as if snow and rain isn't enough, accidents causing you problems this early morning. dale drive is closed at georgia avenue and colesville road due to a downed tree and also downed wires. also, fire activity taking away the right lane. eastbound university at lorain avenue. use caution in that area. taking the beltway, right now two of your right lanes are blocked at connecticut avenue. this is just before the exit, and we're already starting to see delays as you make your way. look here, early morning right now, this is colesville road, and you can see very slowly trying to make their way to connecticut avenue. got to stick to the left to get by that accident. traveling 395 southbound at washington boulevard, two left lanes are blocked there. joe, back to you. >> thanks very much. we have more on the breaking traffic news danella mentioned out of silver spring this morning where a major roadway is closed after a tree fell across
it. dale drive is closed right at colesville road. news 4's angie goff is live on the scene with the latest. angie, good morning. >> good morning, joe. good to see you. danella has probably been a very busy lady. we know when the rain is pouring down, it's going to impact our traffic. take a look behind me. what we're dealing with here on the 1300 block of dale drive, it's a major tree, a big tree that fell in a person's yard. i talked to someone from montgomery county public works who said they're in the final pieces of moving that tree. they have about a dozen trucks out here. they are estimating they should have the roads open -- dale road closed at colesville road and dale drive at georgia avenue -- all of those should be reopened in 30 to 40 minutes or so. at this point, as they remove the final branches, pepco is here on site, and they're going to remove the wires. that is their main concern because, whenever we have wires on the ground, they could be
energized. they believe the power is still cut off. they want to be sure everyone is safe in the area. give it 30 to 40 minutes or so. just a reminder, with the rain coming down, always never touch a live wire with any type of object. stay ten feet away if a situation like this happens to happen to you this morning. back to you, joe. >> angie goff reporting live. angie, thanks very much. actor alec baldwin got himself kicked off an american airlines flight for refusing to stop playing a game. he was playing words with friends on his ipad when a flight attendant asked him to turn off his device. the plane was parked at the gate. when he didn't comply, the "30 rock" star was asked to leave the plane. at least one other famous passenger on board says he thinks the move to kick baldwin off t flight was a bit drastic. >> i didn't think there was no problem. i felt alec baldwin was turning
off his devices. he just got a little angry. that's about t >> baldwin took a later flight from los angeles with the same airline. after landing in new york, he posted a picture on twitter of a fake words with friends game. it read "let alec play" with the score baldwin 1, american airlines 0. today is the 70th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor. >> on the morning of december 7th, 1941, japanese war planes attacked the u.s. navy base in hawaii. after that, president franklin roosevelt called december 7th a date which will live in infamy. celebrations will be held across the country to remember the day the united states entered world war ii. here in the washington metro area, flags will be flown at half staff today. there will also be a wreath laying ceremony at the national world war ii memorial and one at the national navy memorial as well. >> another nice time to salute our veterans, of course. >> absolutely. remember the courage and the
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this scene could play out in parts of the district today as occupy d.c. protesters plan a day of action. newt gingrich is building on his lead this morning while his closest opponent passes on a chance to debate. plus we're watching strong storms moving through the region right now. just how much rain we can expect to get and the threat of snow tonight. get ready. good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> good morning. i'm joe krebs. and i'm threatened. welcome to "news 4 today" on this wednesday, the 7th of december. look at that outside. that is pea soup. ugly right now. 61 degrees. balmy now but crazy later. >> yeah. in fact, it's going to drop 30 degrees between now and this time tomorrow morning. we'll be down below freezing.
so it's balmy now. we're getting moderate to heavy rain, those areas of yellow and orange in nearby suburbs and points south and southwest. it's a mild morning. we're in the 50s throughout much of the region. 57 now at reagan national. low 60s just to our south. all these counties in green under a flood watch. could have high water. watch out for creeks and streams coming out of their banks. could get over two inches of rain by the end of the day. and we are under a winter weather advisory, all of these counties in lavender to the north and west of washington could get one to three inches of snow in these areas. higher amounts north and west. i'll look at that in a few minutes in your evening planner. now, danella, how's traffic? big problems. let's start in virginia. 66 eastbound at sudley road, i have an accident on the left side of the roadway. you are jammed as you make your way towards the accident. look at the traffic as they slowly make their way. try to stick to the right to get by the accident. also in virginia, 395 south at
washington boulevard, still seeing two left lanes blocked with the crash there. traveling outer loop of the beltway, we're seeing huge accidents already at connecticut avenue. we are jammed. back to you. this morning republican presidential candidate newt gingrich is widening his lead in iowa and across the country. now the front-runner is facing fresh new attacks from his opponents. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with what the other candidates are saying about him now. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: hey, joe, good morning, everyone. he's got a double digit lead in several major polls. the media is talking about his background. some candidates like michele bachmann questioning whether he is conservative enough. by far, the toughest attack yet has come in a new ad in iowa birby ron paul. here's part of that ad. >> let's look at the politicians who create the environment.
the politicians who profit from the environment. >> they're taking $1.5 million. >> after he left congress, freddie mac paid gingrich $1.6 million. >> $1.6 million, some of it just before the housing market collapses. >> reporter: later in that ad, paul says he's the very essence of a washington insider, accusing him of, quote, serial hypocrisy. gingrich says ron paul isn't doing too well. he had to say something. he focused on a cnbc interview last night saying his record is he's the only house speaker in our lifetime that has balanced the budget. that should serve him well. meantime, mitt romney said he's got a week of fund-raising and campaigning to do. he has been campaigning aggressively in iowa, which now is only a few weeks away. joe? >> thank you very much. tracie potts reporting live from capitol hill. house republicans are offering their own plan of extending the payroll tax cut in the hopes of avoiding the tax cuts on the wealthy.
they want instead to use a gradual increase on medicare premiums on wealthy seniors and also a plan to stop medicare payments to doctors by nearly 30%. president obama and the democrats want to pay for the extension with higher taxes on the wealthy. the white house says that taxes for the average family would go up by about $1,000 if these cuts are not extended. new from overnight, one man is in the hospital after a house fire in takoma park. it started on holt place after k 2:00 this morning. flames were coming from the inside. when they got there, they found one man who was severely burned. they took him to a local facility to be treated. the home was cluttered, which made it difficult for firefighters to
democrat tim kaine and republican george allen will debate for 90 minutes in richmond. kaine, a former governor and allen another former governor, are the only ones who have raised enough money in the polls and are qualified for the debate. campaign signs will not litter the streets of fairfax county next year. officials there voted to approve legislation that lets authorities remove advertisements illegally posted along vdot right of ways. last month nearly 99 candidates
in fairfax county blanketed roadsides with their signs. authorities are allowed to remove signs in every other part of the state but fairfax. the county's vote gets rid of the exemption from the virginia code. for the first time, since an fbi raid on his home, d.c. council member harry thomas returned to the wilson building in time for a preliminary vote on the ethics reform bill. thomas sat quietly for hours and refused to answer questions of reporters while the council debated and passed a version of the ethics reform. it requires less spending and more disclosure. it sets an ethics board to impose fines on violators. the council will hold a final vote on this reform bill in two weeks. our time is now 5:37. a message of hate is turning up in neighborhoods around the region. what people are reading when they find this flier at their homes.
i'm meteorologist tom kierein in stormcenter 4. pockets of heavy rain falling in washington, prince george's county, anne arundel, calvert and charles, and down interstate 95 from fairfax county to fredericksburg and points south and west of there. this batch of moderate to heavy rain moving southwest to northeast will continue in the metro area here for another couple of hours and then maybe a brief respite. right now it's balmy. we're in the upper 50s to 60 degrees in the region. these areas of green, including district of columbia, prince george's, fairfax, montgomery, howard all under a flash flood watch. watch out for creeks and streams coming out of their banks later today as well as the shenandoah valley. tonight all the counties in lavender under a winter weather advisory for one to three inches of snow in howard, montgomery, loudoun county, northern fauquier, rappahannock and points west. most of that accumulation is going to be on grassy areas, only the roadway temperatures are so warm, a lot will melt on roads. that will be tonight for the sleet and snow.
for the rest of the day today, we'll have our occasional rain, temperatures falling into the 40s by sunset. that changeover to sleet and snow by 8:00 tonight. a look at the details look of the accumulation totals i expect coming up in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? >> traveling in virginia on i-66 heading eastbound, still seeing big delays. accident on the left side of the roadway. you're jammed as you make your way 66 east at sudley. you can see bumper to bumper making your way towards the accident. please use caution in the area. in maryland dale drive is closed at georgia avenue and at colesville road due to a downed tree in the area. on the outer loop, delays as you head towards connecticut avenue. earlier we had an accident at connecticut avenue taking up your lanes. that's out of the roadways, but the damage is done as you head on the outer loop towards connecticut avenue. joe and eun, back to you. our time is now 4:42. what kind of display should be put up to celebrate the holidays.
controversial holiday displays will stay up on the leesburg lawn this holiday season. the loudoun county board of supervisors voted against the ban on the displays yesterday. it comes after one of the approved displays, a skeleton on a santa suit hanging on a cross, was torn down by a woman she found offensive. they must allow all displays in order to preserve the traditional religious displays. a high school girl from montgomery county is recovering after she was stabbed in a school parking lot. police say she was stabbed several times at northwood high school in silver spring after she and five other girls got into a fight. the girls all attended a
basketball game between northwood and kennedy high school. police are not saying what the victim's condition is, but they do expect her to survive. they also say they're still searching for the suspect. a virginia tech is facing a federal fine over the mass shootings over a year ago. virginia tech was too slow to notify students, faculty, and staff about a gunman loose on the blacksburg campus. the shooting spree left 33 people dead. the board fined the school for failure to promptly advise of safety threats. police are investigating a possible hate crime after anti-semitic flyers were found in a d.c. neighborhood. at least two neighborhoods on north 25th street in arlington found the hate filled sheets lying in their newspapers.
over the past few days, more have been found in cleveland park and dupont circle in northwest washington. the flyers came that jewish people control the world and they have altered the acce axis the earth. >> there's nothing on here that a reasonable person, i think, could agree with. it really does bother me. it signals a level of intolerance and hatred that i don't think is appropriate. >> hopper says she is taking her flier to the anti-defamation league. the flyers have been turned over to d.c. and arlington police. prosecutors have decided not to press charges in the death of a george washington university student. patrick casey died in september after a late night fight at a mcdonald's restaurant on "m" street northwest. the 33-year-old was an army veteran who had returned from afghanistan. "the washington post" reports that casey's death has been classified as a "justifiable
homicide by citizen." at first his parents said he was sucker punched while breaking up a fight, but d.c. police say that casey was involved in the fight and ip deed may have even started it. blood on a glove will be up for debate today in a trial against a man accused of killing his boss at suburban hospital in bethesda. keith little is accused of stabbing roosevelt brockington jr. to death on new year's day. a judge ruled the prosecution could not mention blood found on a glove at the scene because lab tests did not confirm it came from little, the defendant. according to "the washington post," prosecutors plan to appeal that ruling today. investigators say that little killed his boss because he got a poor employee evaluation and was told he would not get a raise. this morning the federal aviation administration is looking for a new leader. 65-year-old randy babbitt resigned yesterday, just days after police arrested him for drunk driving. an officer spotted him driving the wrong way in fairfax over the weekend. in a statement, babbitt said he
was, quote, unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work by his colleagues at the faa the city of fredericksburg is now getting federal fund to go repair public buildings damaged in the east coast earthquake. city officials estimate at least $64,000 in damage was done to city owned buildings in the 5.8 magnitude quake. that includes a collapsed chimney at the fredericksburg museum, damaged ceilings at the general district courthouse, and cosmetic damage to city hall, the library, and the circuit court. as of now, city residents are not eligible for the aid. >> tom kierein is monitoring big changes in the weather. you're talking about plunging temperatures and winter weather moving in. tom, what is going on? >> maybe even flooding rains too. this has got a multi-facet to it on this particular storm. right now we're getting the rain. it's coming down moderate to heavily in washington. here's a live picture from the city camera.
you can see the rain has reduced visibilities. right now at reagan national moderate rain coming in out of the south dlrb southwe/southwes. colder air tonight to change the rain to snow. right now look at the radar. we are getting quite a bit of moderate to heavy rain in the yellow and orange. in montgomery, southern maryland. including calvert, northern st. mary's, getting moderate to heavy rain too. that's crossing the bay heading out over the eastern shore. farther to the west, lighter rain is falling. another pocket of moderate rain in southern pennsylvania. that's pulling away from the region. temperatures right now are balmy. we're in the mid-50s to upper 50s from blue ridge to the bay. low 60s much of southern maryland to central virginia. we will stay balmy this morning. all these counties in green under a flood watch. potential for creeks and streams to come out of their banks. could get over two inches of rain by the time this tapers
off. this includes prince william, montgomery, prince george's, anne arundel, as well as shenandoah valley and highlands of west virginia. all these areas in lavender under a winter weather advisory for accumulating snow later tonight. includes all the areas west of i-95. here's your day planner. sunrise 7:13. we'll stay mild and get chilly by sunset with the rain off and on. that rain changing to sleet and snow by early to midevening in the metro area. three to six inches possible farther west and north out in the mountains. higher amounts in the higher ridges. one to three inches closer to washington and far northern and western suburbs. closer to washington around the beltway and nearby suburbs in fairfax county, a dusting. that would be mainly on grassy areas as well as the areas far west and north. cold tomorrow morning, near 30, as we dry out and a blustery wind. cold, dry weather thursday, friday, through the weekend into
the first part of next week and sunshine each day. danella, good morning? how's traffic? >> good morning. it's going to be a tough commute. i-66 at sudley eastbound. you're still seeing big delays as you make your way towards the accident. slow bumper to bumper as you make your way on sudley road traveling i-66 east. police are on the scene of the crash there. traveling in maryland, dale drive closed. two closures, one is at georgia avenue, and the other is at colesville road. have a downed tree and a downed wire in the area. follow police direction. and the beltway, outer loop jammed already. this is at colesville road. earlier we have an accident at connecticut avenue. took away some of your lanes. that's not out of the roadway. the damage is done. very slow as you make your way all the way to connecticut avenue. i'm back in ten with another look at traffic. joe and eun, back to you. >> danella, thanks very much. 5:33.
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from customers who are concerned the electric car may catch fire in a crash. government crash tests found the cars' batteries could ignite as much as three weeks after a crash. gm says they are close to a fix which would reinforce the battery pack casing. it would cost $1,000 per vehicle and would only take a short time to repair. we may be spending more money on gas and food in previous years, but the cost of heating our homes may actually go down this winter. according to the energy information agency, the average cost of heating a home with natural gas is expected to be about $700 this winter, and that's down more than 3% from last year. electric heat should also be less expensive with an average cost of $945 this year compared with $961 last year. you can save big on holiday shopping, especially next friday, when more than 3,000 retailers participating in shipping day.
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written by jk rowling. those books live on. the movie series over, but people read them again and again. >> every time i go to metro, i still try to walk through a wall. >> one of these days. >> there i am, boom. here is something else you will be talking about today. >> a cannonball hit a house. think about that. check this out. a crew from the tv series "mythbusters" on the discovery channel was filming as a bomb firing range in california when something went wrong. duh. when producers fired the cannonball, ba-boom, it went over barrels of water, ba-boom, careened off a hillside, ba-boom, wept skyward before punching a melon sized hole in the side of a house. it also punched into the dashboard of a minivan. the company says it's assessing the situation and is working with those whose property was damaged. >> that's a long process.
wicked weather. that storm system that caused problems elsewhere is finally here. it will pack a punch with cold rain and snow. already this morning, the roads are slick, and the accidents are popping up. good morning to you. and welcome to "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> good morning to you. i'm joe krebs. let's take a look outside right now. it is a mess on the roadways. you can see the low hanging clouds. we're going to get maybe two inches of rain today. that's the first punch. the second punch is snow tonight. this time tomorrow it will be below freezing. right now it's a warm morning. reagan national 59 degrees with moderate rain falling there. it's straight down rain and generally a calm wind. look at the radar.